Passing combo leads Mayfield into title game

By James Staley: Las Cruces Sun-News LAS CRUCES — Ah, the familiar sights of Mayfield football. During a recent practice Trojan coach Jim Bradley growled at his kicker as David Bustillos and Chris Hernandez perfected the chemistry that has made them arguably the deadliest quarterback-wide receiver duo in the state and helped boost Mayfield to […]

Floyd fire destroys one family’s home

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An unoccupied home west of Floyd was destroyed during Wednesday’s fire. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — “You could fit everything in two half-gallon buckets.” That’s how L.A. Davis of Floyd summarized his family’s loss following a devastating fire that swept across his property on Wednesday. Davis said their three-bedroom […]

Officials: Training was taking place when fire broke out

Freedom Newspapers Air Force officials said Thursday that training was taking place at the Melrose Bombing Range when a monstrous grass fire broke out, but they said the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. A news release from Cannon Air Force Base reported the range was “being used for normal training sorties […]

Wildcats fans gear up for title game

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Clovis High School senior Autumn Skinner, 18, draws a paw as fellow senior Kymberly Helton, 17, also works on a sign for the door of their Spanish III class Thursday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hallways at Clovis High School are decked out in purple and white. The colors […]

Lady Cats put streak on line at Portales

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters expects the Lady Wildcats to get their first test of the season tonight. The defending Class 5A state champions, winners of 31 in a row and 39 of their last 40, travel south for a 7 p.m. contest against rival Portales, the […]

Preventing bribery means reducing government

Freedom Newspapers To paraphrase Lord Acton, Big Government corrupts, and absolute Big Government corrupts absolutely. In the case of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., who pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense companies, the corruption was reported to have included Persian carpets, silver candelabras, a Rolls-Royce, antique furniture, travel and […]

Multiple choice simplifies holiday letters

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Time again for my annual Christmas letter, a tradition dating all the way back to last year when I had nothing better to do than pretend I had a better year than you. When I adopted this ancient ritual, I decided traditional Christmas letters are too pretentious. So I developed […]

Southwestern overwhelms Hounds

CNJ staff WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Based on records, it may have looked like the teams switched uniforms. Southwestern Oklahoma jumped out to an early lead and the Bulldogs rolled to their first win in seven outings this season, a 61-43 rout of Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference men’s […]

Laundry duty step to peaceful co-existence

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist How many of you married guys do your own laundry? I do. Now I know this husband-does-his-own-laundry thing could be a political hot potato here on the High Plains. There are some guys who don’t mind doing their own laundry. There are others who think this is a duty to […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: Exceeding expectations

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Tanner Fickling has rushed for more than 800 yards this season. (File photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Despite a 12-game winning streak, Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus said his team has yet to put together a complete game. “We still haven’t played a full four quarters,” Roanhaus said. “Hopefully that lays ahead of us.” […]